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In the Wake of the Bounty (1933)

The true story of HMS Bounty. Plus documentary


Charles Chauvel


Charles Chauvel (scenario)


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Complete credited cast:
Arthur Greenaway Arthur Greenaway ... Narrator
Mayne Lynton Mayne Lynton ... Lt. Bligh
Errol Flynn ... Fletcher Christian
Victor Gouriet Victor Gouriet ... Michael Byrne - The 'Bounty's' Blind Fiddler
John Warwick John Warwick ... Midshipman Young


A former member of the crew of the HMS Bounty recounts the story of the mutiny aboard ship. The Clauvel's, then, take a look at current day (1932) Tahiti and Pitcairn island. In turn, visiting the descendants of the ship's crew and studying their way of life. Including a search for the wreak of the ship. Stars Errol Flynn in his first movie. And directed by and narrated by Australian Charles Chauvel.

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Release Date:

15 March 1933 (Australia) See more »

Filming Locations:

Pitcairn Island See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Expeditionary Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Cinesound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


First sound film of Charles Chauvel. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening Card: In the Wake of the Bounty is not a drama. It is the first of a series of great travel films to be produced by Expeditionary Films, Ltd, depicting strange incidents, strange places, and strange peoples. Each travel feature will contain the thread of a story based upon a true life drama. The mutiny of the Bounty has been acclaimed as the most tragic and strange sea story of all time -- when a crew of British sailors sent their commander and eighteen companions adrift upon the Pacific and signed a sinister pact with a pagan race -- to live, in isolation, upon a rock, at the bottom of the world. The mutiny, which was a bloodless affair, was the result of an effort to transport breadfruit trees from Tahiti to the West Indies by Lieutenant Bligh, who was afterwards the Governor of New South Wales. The audience will follow in the Wake of the Bounty with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chauvel, as they traversed 15,000 miles in the South Seas to secure the exact backgrounds upon which the drama of the Bounty was enacted. Expeditionary Films has not spared time or money to blaze a new trail-- a trail which they hope will lead to many pleasant hours amidst adventure and romance. See more »


Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Errol Flynn (1961) See more »


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An interesting aside to the `Bounty' story you think you know.
4 March 2003 | by bamptonjSee all my reviews

The fictional part of `IN THE WAKE OF THE BOUNTY' is a brief, piecemeal rendition of the typical Bounty saga; resplendent with over-acting, ludicrously stereotypical costumes and substandard directing. It adds nothing to the arcane mystique and unholiness that later versions would impress upon it (particularly Dino De Laurentis's). The scenes used for Tahiti are taken from un-used stock footage with none of the principle actors appearing in them.

What is compelling, however, is the style in which the movie is made: for the film is also a documentary on the current inhabitants of Pitcairn Island, nearly all of whom are descendants of Christian and his fellow mutineers. It is pleasantly filmed and makes for very compelling viewing: the footage painting these in-bred islanders as resourceful, unique, and resilient.

Errol Flynn's performance is subpar (thought the script doesn't give anyone much scope) and certainly gives no impression whatsoever to his international talent, although it was a scant eighteen months after 'BOUNTY that he would achieve his superstardom.

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